The IPCC Synthesis Report, released on 2 November 2014, is the fourth and final installment of the IPCC Fifth Assessment report, drawing on the three working group reports published previously. On this page, we highlight the work of Imperial College London researchers addressing some of the key themes covered by the IPCC Fifth Assessment report.



Synthesis report

Climate experts at Imperial responded to the release of the Synthesis Report on 2 November 2014 in this news story.

Policy Director Simon Buckle concluded that 'the time for talking is over' in an article featured in The Conversation.

Professor Martin Siegert considered the Antarctic ice sheet's contribution to sea level rise in the 21st century on our blog

Ocean wave

Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis

Preceding the release of the first working group report in September 2013, climate scientists including Professor Sir Brian Hoskins issued a stark warning concerning the need for global action on climate change. Read more

Imperial College London researchers discussed the report's key findings and how global carbon emissions can be reduced in a news storyRead more

In response to the report, the Grantham Institute produced a series of briefing notes covering relevant aspects of climate science, from sea level rise to the Earth's energy budget. Read more



Working Group II: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

Researchers reponded to the second working group report's observations and predictions on how climate change will impact the planet and people on a global scale in this news storyRead more

To coincide with the publication of the report, we explored projects undertaken by researchers across Imperial College London into the potential water- and food-related, economic, ecological and health impacts of climate change. Read more

In a series of video interviews featured below,  these researchers described their work in greater detail. Watch on YouTube

Smoking chimneys

Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change

In this news story, researchers discussed the report's key findings, including the role of technologies such as solar photovoltaics and carbon capture and storage (CCS) in reducing global COemissions. Read more

We gave an overview of research into climate change mitigation at Imperial College London, outlining the role of key technologies, industry efficiency, energy systems modelling and policy. Read more

Research Fellow Ajay Gambhir considered the feasibility and affordability of reducing green house gas emissions on our blog. Read more

We interviewed researchers to get their take on the action needed to mitigate climate change. See below or watch on YouTube.


Water security in the Ganges basin - Dr Ana Mijic

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Negative emissions technologies - Prof Nilay Shah

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